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Legend of Lake Baikal

The oldest and deepest lake on Earth. The pearl of Russia and Siberia.

Embark on a 7-day journey around Baikal, visiting the most famous places and getting acquainted with the history, local customs and traditional cuisine.

The Legend of Lake Baikal summer tour will introduce you to the glimmering blue pearl of Russia, Lake Baikal, rightfully upheld as Siberia’s most famous attraction. Its clear-as-a-mirror waters are a reflection of Siberia’s wildness, its vastness and its beauty. Just in one week, you will see the best sights of the legendary Baikal, which is famous not only for its startling depth but also for its unique flora and fauna, breathtaking landscapes and its special ambience which you feel straight away once you arrive at Olkhon. You will visit Lake Baikal's beautiful iconic places, such as Irkutsk and Listvyanka village, Olkhon and Ogoy Islands, will and enjoy the cruise to Tankhoi village, located on the Eastern shore of Lake Baikal.
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Arrival

Departure

Accomodation

Irkutsk

Irkutsk

3* hotel, guesthouses

Duration

Action rating

Group size

7 days / 6 nights

     

4-8 people

Itinerary View map

Day 1:Welcome to Irkutsk

Welcome to Irkutsk - a fascinating city on the Trans-Siberian Railway and the gateway to Lake
Baikal. Meet a guide at the airport, jump to a coach for a picturesque drive (68 km) to Listvyanka
village, located on the western shore of the Lake Baikal.
Along the way, you will visit the fascinating ethnography museum-complex of wooden
architecture "Taltsy". Here you will experience walking through the Siberian streets of 18th
century. Upon arrival at Listvyanka village, a cozy fishermen settlement, you will enjoy a lunch
and try Siberian cuisine. After lunch, you will visit the Baikal Museum, where you’ll discover more
about the lake’s history and unique forms of flora and fauna. You will also visit the aquarium and
meet the playful Baikal Seals that inhabit the lake. This day will finish with a spectacular view of
the southern part of Lake Baikal from the Cherskogo Rock lookout.
*The tour starts at 10 am, so please make sure you arrive in Irkutsk not later than 9:45 am. Pre-tour extensions, such as hotel accommodation and transfers can be secured by us upon booking, contact us for more info.

Day 2:Boat trip to Tankhoi

Today you will enjoy a cruise to the opposite shore of the Lake, located in Buryatia region. After
breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up by your guide and transferred to the pier. On a mini cruise
to Tankhoy village, you will cross Lake Baikal and find yourself in the Baikal Nature
Reserve. Here the high tundra is perfectly adjacent to the fir-cedar taiga. You will visit the tourist centre,
where we will learn about the reserve, after, accompanied by the huntsman, we make a
short hike towards the river Osinovka, to see the picturesque waterfall.
Enjoy lunch with homemade delicacies at a hunter hut located next to the mountain river in a
creek valley. After rest in nature, we head back to Listvyanka. The rest of the day is free; you
may take a walk along the embankment and go shopping at the local fish market.

Day 3:Olkhon Island

Today, you will embark on a 5h drive to the very heart of Baikal - the island of Olkhon. During the
journey to the island, you will be amazed by incredibly picturesque landscapes, sacred places
and natural beauty of the area.
Jump into 4wd cars (3-4 people in a car) and embark on a drive along the magnificent Tazheran
Steppe, which once was home to the first indigenous Baikal peoples, whose petroglyphs are
found at the tribal encampment sites. The silence and tranquillity of these places will be replaced
by music and laugh, as we taking a part in participation in the national dance called “Yokhor” with
the locals. Afterwards, you will enjoy a traditional meal - grilled lamb - the main part of local
Buryat people diet.
Next, we head further to the ferry, which will take us to the island. After a short transfer to the
hotel in Khuzir village, where you may take your time to relax or take a stroll to the most famous
place of Lake Baikal - Cape Burkhan to enjoy the sunset.

Day 4:Khoboy Cape

The 72km long, Olkhon stands out among the three dozen islands of Baikal for its sheer size and
the monumental grandeur of its landscapes. Olkhon’s craggy cliffs emerge dramatically from the
clear water of Baikal, and its interior is verdant with forests, hills and meadows.
This morning, you will have the opportunity to spend time at your discretion: sunbathing on the
beach, riding a quad bike or just walking, enjoying nature. Closer to noon, after lunch, you will
embark on an excursion to the Northeast part of the island - Khoboy Cape.
This 4wd trip from south to north will take appx 5 hours and will allow you to discover the beauty
of the island. First the road will pass through a small forest, then you will observe the hills and
steppes. Next, you will see unique "rock complexes", Sagan-Khushun ("Three Brothers"), and
finally, you will arrive at the very north of the island - Cape Khoboy (in translation from Buryat
"fang"), a very special and sacred place. Here you feel yourself both on the edge of the island and
on the edge of the Earth, you will see endless water expanses of Baikal that will make you feel as
a part of the universe. Cliffy rocks, absolute silence, the infinity of the sky and the watery surface -
it seems as if Eternity settled here. After picnic lunch at one of the most beautiful locations, we
head back to Khuzhir village.

Day 5:Ogoy Island

After breakfast, we make a short walk to the Burhkan Cape, where you will be met by an
assistant of a hereditary shaman and will be invited to the yurt. In the format of the lecture, you will
learn about the origins and features of shamanism and will be able to ask any questions.
After lunch, you will embark on a boat excursion to one of the most spiritual places of Lake Baikal
– Ogoy island, where Buddhists Mortar is located. Mortar or the «stupa of enlightenment»
symbolizes in the modern interpretation the goal of the Buddhist path. This goal is to understand one’s own mind. It is the place where love is expressed with
remarkable power; where you can obtain harmony with the environment. This harmony is
experienced by being surrounded by the living power of the virgin nature.

Day 6:Back to Irkutsk

Time to say goodbye to the beautiful Lake Baikal as our journey comes to the end. After
breakfast, we board our transport and head back to Irkutsk, the route will take about 5 hours.
Upon arrival in Irkutsk, accommodation in the hotel.
After lunch and rest you will enjoy a comprehensive city tour. You will admire numbers of
churches and noble mansions, small wooden houses and narrow streets. You will visit the
embankment of the Angara River, Kirov Square, the dam of the hydroelectric station and many
other significant places.
The evening is yours for last-minute shopping, relaxed walk on the cosy city’s streets or a dinner
in one of the endless cafes or restaurants.

Day 7:Departure

After breakfast in the hotel, a transfer to the airport will be organised.

Inclusions

Accommodation

3* hotel accommodation in Irkutsk, guest houses in Listvyanka and Olkhon

Meals

Breakfast in the hotels, picnic lunches during day excursions, dinners in the hotels

Transportation

Group arrival and departure airport transfers

All transportation according to the itinerary (coach, 4wd car, boat)

Guides

Local English-speaking tour leader

Activities and sights

All activities and sights indicated in the itinerary (except optional)

Other

Russian visa support documents

*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for a comprehensive visa service here.

Not included

Flights, travel insurance, visa, optional excursions, individual transfers, tips

Dates & Prices

DatesAvailabilityPriceSingle sup. 
21 Jul - 27 Jul 2018
Guaranteed Departures
AvailableUS $2,450TBAReserve
5 Aug - 11 Aug 2018
Guaranteed Departures
AvailableUS $2,450TBAReserve
7 days
Irkutsk
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2,450
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